SAMFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
Tennessee River Missionary
v. 1. 1890
v. 2. 1891
v. 4. 1893
v. 5. 1895
v. 6. 1897
v. 7. 1898
v. 8: 1899
-^Tennessee * River * Association
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i Held With Cave Spring Church
I Cave Spring, Jackson County, Alabama.
October, 23, 24, 25 and 26, 1891.
| P. BROWN, Moderator, . - . . Hollywood, Ala,
j L. C. COULSON, Clerk. - •- Scotteboro, Ala.
MILTON ROACH, Treaueer, - - ■ - . Faekler Ala.
JOHN J. BEESON Chairman. .... Pissah Ala
PRESTON BROWN, ..... Hollywood,' Ala!
HENRY H. HORTON, ..... Bridgeport, Ala.
CHARLES B. ROACH, Faekler, Ala.
CRAWFORD HOWELL, .... H olly Tree, Ala.
SAMUEL BUTLER, ... . Larkin's Fork, Ala.
The next Association meets with Bethel Church, (three miles from railroad tta-
tion Faekler. Ala,), on Friday before the Fourth Sundya in October, <8 9 a.
Order of Business.
Friday, Oct. 21, 1892
1. Am aal Sermon.
2. Car to Order.
3. Read Letters and note names of Delegates.
4. Election of Officers ;, Moderator, Clerk and Treasurer.
5. Pet! tionary Letters. * '
6. Inv '• Correspondents and Visitors to Seats.
7. Ap ointment of Special Committees.
J Religious Services.
V Appointment of new Board.
Vi Appointment of Standing Committees for next year.
Saturday, Oct. 22.
8. Select place of next meeting.
9. Sel. t Brother to preach Annual Serman and Alternate.
10. Cal for Report of Standing Committees in their order.
I. '."sociational Letters — L. C. Coulson.
II. asociational Missions — C.B. Roach, J. W. Hudson and J. J.
III. State Missions— Virgil Bouldin, Mike Hill and Crawford
IV. ^ome Missions-J.M. Green, E. P. Cowart and John W. Roach.
V. Foreign Missions^-Cat Smith. W. R. Ivey and L. C. Coulson.
VI. Ministerial Education— J. M. Green, W. H. Beeson and C.
VII. finisterial Relief— C, T. Starkey, J. J. Beeson and R. Howell.
VIII. Temperance — G. P. Bouldin, Sam. Butler and J. "W. Hudson.
IX. Sunday School Work— J. J. Beeson, G. A. Beard and W. T.
X. ^omens' "Work— Mesdames J. M. Green, P. C. Coulson
Helen Roach and Cat Smith.
XI. )enomi national Education — Virgil Bouldin, C. B. Roach
W. R. Ivev.
XII. Mission Work— W.R. Ivey, L.C. Coulson and Virgil Boul-
XIII. On Queries— C. B. Roach, J. J. Beeson and Mike Hill.
NOT*. '..*- order of the Association the Chairman of each Commute will open the
discoMioi on the subject of the i-eport. CLERK.
Friday, Oct. 23,*891.
The Messengers from the churches composing the Tennessee
River Association of Missionary Baptists, met with Cave Spring
Church, Jackson county, Alabama, on Friday, the 23d day of Octo-
ber 1891 and held its thirtv-fourth Annual Meeting at 11 o'clock,
a. m. The people called together by singing No. 421 Baptist Psalm-
"There is a fountain filled with blood,
Drawnifrom Iramauuel's veins;
And sinners' plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains."
W. R. Ivey then read John xix 1-22.
Then Pilate, therefore, took Jesus and scourged him.
After reading two verses of this chapter prayer was lead by b. M.
Gupton, of South Pittsburg, Tenn. Song No. 193, Gospel Hymns.
"Jesus lover of ray soul.
Let roe to thy bosom fly;
While the nearer waters roll,
While the tempest still is high;
Hide me, Oh, my Savior, hide.
Till the" storm of life is past;
Safe into thy haven guide,
\ Oh, receive my soul at last."
W R Ivey preached the Introductory Sermon from John xix, 14,
using the last clause as a text : "Behold your King." The whole
verse read : "And it was the preparation of the Passover, and it
was about the sixth hour; and he saith unto the Jews, "Behold your
The sermon suggested some thoughts worth preserving, in "letters
First— The Jews thirsting for the blood of Christ, would not be
satisfied with anvthing short of his crucifixion, and Pilate, wishing
in some measure to wash his hands of the blood of this innocent
man, not understanding the import of his words, said to those clam-
orous people, "Behold your King." Pilate had no thought that he
then gave utterance to a truth that would ring through the ages, and
give inspiration to the millions to come after.
Second— Another golden thought that ought to be set in pictures
of silver, was presented : God turning away from Christ, and the
Sou clinging to the Father in the darkenes of the darkest hour, thus
emphasising the duty of the child of God to cling to Him through
Christ in all the dark places in life.
Third— Like Christ in the agony, the sinner must, before saved,
realize his loneliness and helplessness in his lost condition, and in
that condition call to God through Christ, thus clinging to the great
ye that are weary and heavy laden
promise, "Come unto me all
and I will give^you rest."
At the close of the sermon, prayer led by J. L. Thompson, pastor
of Enon Baptist Church, Huntsville Alabama.
P. Brown, Moderator, after,an intermission of fifteen minutes, Call-
ed the Association to order, jand joined in singing No. 331, Baptist
1 sill mist.
Father of mercies, condescend
To hear our fervent prayer,
While these our brethren we commend
To thy paternal care.
Prayer was then offered by Crawford Howell. Brothers C. B. Roach
and J. J. Beeson were appointed by the Moderator to read church
letters. Church letters read, and delegates names recorded as foil ws :
1. Antioch — A. T. Womach.
Beech Grove— &. J. D Kennedy..
Bethel — J. E. Ilammons and James Mathews.
Cave Springs— Isaac Matthews, A. Smith and Leroy Rash.
Centenial — E. J. Carlile and W. M. Chandler.
Charity — J. B. Money.
Cumberland Mountain — John Sanders.
Center Point— J. P. McLendon, J. A. Dicus and W O. Thorp.
9. Ebenezer — No letters or delegates.
10. Freedom — Samuel'Butler and R. P Muse.
11. Friendship — M. Roach, Judson Barber and T. B. Carlton.
12. Gurleys — Jonathan Beeson and W. H. Beeson.
13. Hale's Cove — Letter but no delegate.
14. Harmony — W. B. Campbell and 8. S. Proctor.
15. Jone's Cove — Not represented.
16. Larkinsville—W. P. Culver and W. L. Stephens.
17. ML Nebo — J.J. Cunningham and R C. Horton.
18. Mt.Zion— W.J. Wigington and C W. Morris.
19. ML Bisgah — John Ellis, Bell Bradford, B. F. Echols and G.
20. ML Ararat — Letters, no delegates.
21. ML Tabor— .1. W. S.Leak and T. F. Gibson.
22. McCoy's Grove — Letter, and money returned as ordered by
23. Mountain Grove — No letters or delegates.
24. New Hope — Eli Vincent and R. Deavers.
25. Scottsboro— Virgil Bouldin.
Trenton — No letter or delegate.
Union — No letter or delegate.
Union Grove — No letter or delegate.
Macedonia — No letters or delegate.
Tunnel Hill — Letter, no delegates.
Roll of Ministerial Delegates called when the following answered to
their names and were enrolled : Preston Brown, J. J. Beeson, L. C.
Coulson, D. S. Collins, Crawford Howell, J. L. Knight, J. L. Langs-
ton, Ralph Howell, S. M. Hustings, C. B. Roach, and L, W. Woodall.
On reading the letters from the churches, when McCoy's Grove
was reached, the regular order of business was suspended for the
purpose of allowing C. B. Roach to offer the following resolution.
Resolved, That the clerk of the association be, and he hereby is,
directed to return the letter and money sent by McCoy's Grove
Church, because that church has called to its pastorate a man who is
known to this body to be unfit to fill any Baptist pulpit, which was
emphasized by the action of this body two years ago by excluding
him from the body, as shown by the proceedings of this association
in 1889, when convened with Beech Grove Church, which, on motion
of C. B. Roach, supported by C. Howell, was adopted. The.aBSOcia+
tion theil returned to the regular order of business which was the
election of clerk, moderator and treasurer. On motion of J. J.
Beeson, supported by C. Howell, the association proceeded to elect
moderator and clerk by ballot, and Brethren 8. M. Gupton and J. L.
Thompson were appointed to collect and count the ballots for mod-
erator and clerk, and announce the result. The tellers announced
the re-election Of P. Brown, moderator, and L, C. Coulson, clerk.'
On motion of the clerk, supported by J. J. Beeson, Milton Roacfi
wasby acclamation re-elected treasurer.
Call for petitionary letters, when Harris Chapel presented a let-
ter by L. J. Langston, which was read, and on motion of J. J. Beeson,
supported by W. R. Ivey, was received, adopted, and the hand of
fellowship extended to the delegate, L. J. Langston, by the modera-
tor. On motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by D. S. Collins, visiting
brethren were invited to seats with the body, and the following
were recognized : S. O. Howard, Cherokee Association ; R. L. Taylor
and J. L. Thompson, North Liberty Association. Brother Thomp-
son also represented the Ministerial Board of Education for Howard
College, and S. M. Gupton, Ocoee Association, of Tennessee. The
moderator appointed the following special committees :
On Religious Services — D. 8. Collins, Pastor, and the Deacon of
Cave Spring Church,
On Obituaries— Crawford Howell, J. E. Hammons and W. J. Wig-
On Finance — A. P. Womack, J. A. Dicus and R, C. Horton.
On Periodicals— W. R. Ivev, W. B. Campbell and W. P. Culver,
New Board — J. J. Beeson, P. Brown, H. H. Horton, C. B. Roach,
C. Howell and Sam. Butler.
Standing Committees Foe 1891 r 2.
1. On Church Letters — L. C. Coulson.
2. Associational Mission— C. B. Roach, J. W. Hudson and J. J.
3. State Missons— Virgil Bouldin, Mike Hill and Crawford Howell.
4. Home Missions — John H. Roach, E. P. Cowart and J. M. Green.
5. Foreign Mission*— Cat Smith, L. C. Coulson and W. R. Ivey.
6. Ministerial Education— J. M. Green, W. H. Beeson and C. T.
7. Ministerial Relief— C. T. Starkey, J. J. Beeson and Ralph
8. Temperance — G. P. Bouldin, Sam. Butler and J. W. Hudson.
9. Sunday School Work— J. J. Beeson, G. A. Beard and W. T.
10. Women's Work— Mesdaraes J. M. Green, P. C. Coal son, Thula .
Roach and Cat Smith.
On motion of W. R. Ivey, supported by Milton Roach, the associ-
ation adjourned until Saturday morningS o'clock.
Preaching announced as follows: For Friday night, at Cave-
Spring Church, S M. Gupton followed by L. C. Coulson,and at Pleas-
ant Springs, Mike Hill followed by W. R. Ivev. Benediction by
J. L. Thompson.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 1891.
The association met at 8 o'clock a. m. Praver by S. M. Gupton.
On motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by C. B. Roach, Bethel Church
was, by the association selected by acclamation, as the place for the
next meeting to be held on Friday before the fourth Sundav in
October, 1892. On motion of Crawford Howell, supported by R. C.
Horton, the association proceeded to ballot for a brother to "preach
the introductory sermon, and his alternate. Brothers Thompson
and Gupton were requested to act as tellers, and receive and count
the vote, and they reported that J. J. Beeson was elected to preach
the introductory sermon, and Crawford Howell his alternate.
CALL FOR REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEES.
Report on church letters read, and on motion of C. B. Roach, sup-
ported by A. P. Womack, was adopted. See appendix A.
Association Mission— Report of Thomas Davis read by clerk
Discussed by W. R. Ivey, S. M. Gupton Thompson and L. C. Coul-
son. Then on motion of D. S. Collins, supported by W. R Ivey
adopted. See appendix B. '
Report on State Missions called*for and submitted by J. J. Beeson
and discussed by Virgil Bouldin, P. Brown. S. M. Gupton, Thompson'
W. R. Ivey and J. J. Beeson, and on motion of L, C. Coulson, sup-
ported by E. J. Carlile, adopted. See appendix C.
Report on Home Missions, submitted by W. R. Ivev, discussed bv
S. M. Gupton, J. L. Thompson, L. C. Coulson and J. J. Beeson, and
on motion of C. B. Roach, supported by J. J. Beeson, adopied.
See appendix D.
Report on Foreign Missions read by C. B. Roach^and discussed by
J. L. Thompson, S. M. Gupton, L. C. Coulson and J. J. Beeson, and
on motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by W. R. Ivey, adopted. See
The report on Ministerial Relief was not prepared when called for,
and time having been given, when again called for it had not
been prepared. On motion of C. B. Roach, supported by C. Howell,
a report was dispensed with.
The report on temperence was read by Milton Roach, discussed bv
S. M. Gupton, Virgil Bouldin, L. C. Coulson, J, J. Beeson and R.
Devors, and on motion of W. R. Ivey, supported bv L. J. Lan^ton,
adopted with the resolution, unanimouslv. See appendix F.
The following resolution was offered by L. C. Coulson and adopted.
Resolved, That the moderator appoint a committee on college
work of the association and that VirgH Bouidi-n, W. R. Ivey and C.
B. Roach compose said committee, to report at 3 :30 o'clock p, ra.,
October, 24, 1891 ; and that said report be the special order of that
hour. On motion of J. J. Beeson, Supported by C. Howell, the
special order for 3:30 p. m., Oct. 24, was changed to 9 o'clock
On motion of A. P. Womank, supported T. B. Carlton, adjourned until 9
o'clock, a. m. Sunday. Benediction by C. Howell.
SUNDAY, OCT. 25, 1891.
Nine o'clock, a. m., the association called to order by the moderator, and the
opening prayer led by C B. Roach.
This being the hour specially appointed for the report of college work,
Virgil Bouldin read the report and submitted it. The report was discussed by
Virgil Bouldin, W. R. Ivey and J. J. Beeson, and on motion of L. C Coulson,
supported by C. B. Roach, was adopted. Appendix G.
The following resolutions offered by P. Brown were adopped.
1. Resolved, That this association is under deep and lasting obligations
to W. R- Ivey for the sacrifice he has made, and for the vast amount of labor and
energy he has undergone in securing for this body the Scottsboro College with
all its appurtenances, the present valuation of which is not less than twenty
2. -That we congratulate Brother Ivey and the Board of Trusteees of said
college, in securing the services ot a faculty not sprpassed by that of any col-
lege in the state, and fully competent to make the school a success in all its de-
3. That the thanks of this body are due, and hereby tendered, all those
whoso generously contributed of their means, and otherwise assisted Brother
Ivey in the consummation of his noble purpose.
4. That we as a body pledge ourselves tio co-operate with Brother Ivey and
the Board of Trustees and will do all we can to sustain said college and main-
tain the grand opening of September, 1, 1891.
On motion of W. R. Ivey supported by M. Roach, association adjourned
until 3 o'clock Sunday.
Preaching at 11 o'clock a.m., by C Howell, at the chinch, and by J. J.
Beeson, in the grove, assisted by W. R Ivey. The brethren failed to furnish
the clerk with scripture -text, hence not given.
• Sunday, 3 o'clock p. m., association called to order. Report on ministerial
education called for, and a report prepared by the clerk in absence of a report
of the comm'ttee appointed last year, read by the clerk, and discussed by C.
Howell, J. J. Beeson, Mike Hill and others, on motion of Virgil Bouldin,
supported by E. J. Carl ile adopted. Appendix H.
In connection with this report the following resolution was offered by
VLgil Bouldin, and adopted. • •
Resolved, That this body do now raise by voluntary contribution and
pledges the sum of one hundred dollars for the cause of ministerial education
and placed the same in the hands of W. R. Ivey, to be disposed of .by him
for the beneCt of ministerial students.
In compliance with the above resolution the following was collected
and pledges taken.
Mike Hill, $ 2 00
L. C. Coulson, 3 00
Friendship Church, by Samuel Butler, 5 00
Mt. Tabor Church, by T. F. Gibson, 5 00
Scottsboro Church, by Virgil Bouldin, 10 00
Larkinsville Church, by W. L. Stephens 2 60
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J- A. Dicus, 1 00
P. Brown, .'.'*. 2 00
E. J. D. Kennedy, 1 Q0
J. P. McLendon 2 00
R. C Horton, 2 00
T. B. Carlton,. ......... 1 00
Milton Roach, 5 00
David Pigue, .....I... 1 00
C. W. Morris, .. . 1 00
J. J. Beeson, j 7 75
Mrs. P. C. Coulson, , 5 00
W. B. Campbell, 25 00
Jno. Ellis,. . . . : * j 00
A. P. Wamack, 25
C Howell, 50
Judson Barber, 1 00
F.D.Hunt, .'..; TOO
Virgil Bouldin, 5 00
Total $100 00
On motion of C. B. Roach, supported bv R. C. Horton, adjourned until 8
o'clock Monday morning. Preaching Sunday night at Cave Spring Church,
by P. Brown.
MONDAY, OCT. 26, 1891.
Monday morning, 8 o'clock, association met according to adjourn-
ment. Prayer by L. W. Woodall. Report on Sunday School work read by
the clerk in the absence of the chairman of the committee. Discussed by L. C.
Conlson, L. W. Woodall and others. On motion of Milton Roach, supported
by D. S. Collins, adopted. Appendix I.
' Report on women's work read by the clerk, and discussed by him, and then
on motion of D. S. Collins, supported by C. B. Roach, adopted*. Appendix J.
Report on finance read by A. P. Womack, and on motion of C. B. Roach,
supported by Ralph Howell, adopted. Appendix K.
Report on periodicals read by chairman W. R. Ivey, and on motion of
Milton Roach, supported by Virgil Bouldin, adopted. Appendix L.
Report on obituaries read by 0. Howell, chairman, and on motion of Virgil
Bouldin, supported by A. P. Womack. Appendix M. •
Treasurers report read, and on motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by D. 8.
Colling, adopted. Appendix N.
P. Brown and C. fi. Roach submitted verbal reports of work done by them
in destitution, and J. J. Beeson, chairman of the executive board submitted a
verbal report; all of which was accepted. (It would be much better to have
written reports, and it is hoped that we will have written reports next year).
W. R. Ivey was, by the Association, selected as a delegate to the Southern
Baptist Convention, which meets in Atlanta. Ga., May o, 1892.
W. R. Ivey was also elected as a delegate to represent the Association in the
Alabama Baptist State Convention, which meets November 5, 1891.
On motion of L. C. Coulson, the following resolution was adopted:
Resolved, That any member of our body, who is in good standing in his
church, visiting any sister association, is authorized to act as fraternal mes-
senger from this body.
On motion of C. R Roach, the following resolution was adopted:
Resolved, That as 1892 is the one hundredth year since Cary preached the
first Foreign Mission sermon, from Isaiah, xliv, 23: Expect great things from
God; attempt great things for God; and on October 2, 1792, sixty-five dollars
was raised; now, that October 2, 1 892, will be one hundred years since the first
effort was made in that direction, and as the Baptists wish to commemorate
that work, tney desire to place in the foreign fields one additional mission-
ary for each year, and that we will do all we can to help this centenary under-
taking by giving of oar means to foreign missions.
On motion of W. R Ivey, the following resolution was adopted:
Resolved. That the moderator of the association appoint a standing commit-
tee of three on missionary work, whose doty it shall be to work np a greater
interest among the churches on missions.
The moderator appointed on said committee W. R Ivey, L. C Coulson and
Virgil fiouldin. On motion of Virgil Bouldin, the following resolution was
Resolved, That a committee on denominational education be added to the
list ot standing committees, and that said committee to consist of three, to be
appointed by the moderator.
The moderator appointed on said committee Virgil Bouldin, C B. Roach
and W. R Ivey.
On motion of C. B. Roach, the following resolution was adopted:
Resolved, That the moderator add to the standing committees one on queries »
composed of three members.
The moderator appointed on said committee C. R Roach, J. J. Bee son and
On motion of L. C. Ooulson, the following resolution was adopted:
Resolved, That hereafter the chairmen of the several standing committees, on
submission of their reports, shall open the discussion on such reports for thirty
minutes, not longer, and shall have five minutes to close the discussion in
if they desire.
On motion of Mike Hill, the following resolution was adopted:
Resolved, That all the ordained ministers of this association be, and are
hereby required to make a written report each year, of the labor performed
by each of them daring the year, and also a statement of the compensation re-
ceived by them.
On motion of J. J. Beeson, the following resolutions were adopted:
1. Resolved, That the Tennessee River Association tender their thanks
to the people of Cave Springs Church and vicinity for their generous hospi-
tality daring our stay among them.
2. That the clerk of this association have as many minutes printed as
twenty-four dollars will pay for, and the remainder for mailing expenses.
3. That we tender our thanks to the clerk and moderator for the able and
efficient manner in which they discharged their duty as officers of this body.
On motion of L. C. Coulson, supported by W. R Ivey, the following resolu-
tion was adopted:
Resolved, That this association do now adjourn, to meet with Bethel
Church, Jackson county, Alabama, on Friday before
The old familiar hymn
the fourth Sunday in
"How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for yonr faith in His excellent word!
•T ...... »„» j^u» >oi>.i in um cavciiciu wora:
wnat more can he say than to yon he has said?
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled."
was sung and the parting hand given, after which the association was led in
prayer by C. B, rioach. Benediction by the moderator, and the association
stood adjourned sine die. # p. Brown,
t n n ™ i_ Moderator.
L. C. Coulson, Clerk/
ORDAINED MINISTERS OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER ASSOCIATION AND THEIR
Brown, Preston, Moderator, Hollywood,
Coulson, L. C, Clerk, Scottsboro, Ala.
Beeson, Jno, J., Pisgab, Ala.
Bains, G. W., Fabius, Ala.
- Crawford,' W. 1^ May nard's Cove, Ala.
Clouae, J. A, Shellmound, Tenn.
( hahdler, J. E, Stevenson, Ala.
Collins, D. 8, Coffey's Store, Ala.
Green, J. M, Scottsboro, Ala.
, Howell, Crawford, Francisco, Ala.
Howell, Ralph, Stevenson, Ala.
Horton, Henry H-» Bridgeport, Ala.
Higingbotham, M», Scottsboro, Ala.
Honca, G. W., Garth, Ala.
Hastings, G. M., Laikiueville. Ala.
label], J. W., Lirarock. Ala.
Jii tH tx ...:..-..;■... a
Jsbe,ll, William, Limrock, Ala.
Jacks, Wm, Estell's Fork, Ala.
Jones, J. L., Paint Rock. Ala.
Knight, J. L, Coffey's Store, Ala.
Leak, M. A., Bridgeport, Ala.
Langston, L. J., Long island, Ala.
Mcdoud, James, Pisgah, Ala.
Manning, P.G, Whiteside. Tenn.
Morris, G. W„ Kirby's Creek' Ala.
Pigg,W.A^ Paint Rock, Ala.
Qnarles,T. L, Shellmound, Tenn.
Roach, C. B n Fackler, Ala.
Sloan, L. W., Paint Rock, Ala.
Starkey,C.T, Pisgah, Ala.
Smith, Cat, Scottsboro, Ala.
Woodall, L. W., Gurley, Ala.
Reports on Church Letters.
Your committee on church letters submit the following as a con-
densed statement, of the condition of the churches composing the
Tennessee River Association of Missionary Baptists.
Antioch.— This church has located in Hollywood, and is trying
to build a. house of worship, and are succeeding remarkably wel?.
Hollywood is a small town on the M. & C. Railroad, five miles
northeast of Scottsboro. This church needs substantial encourage-
ment in.her effort. She has now a membership of twenty-seven. This
church sends fifty cents for minutes and $4.25 for ministerial edu-
Beech Grove— Is one of the oldest churches in the association,
and has a good member*hip-*-117v This church sends up> tor
foreign missions $2.80, and $1.60 for minutes. She has not done
what she could if she had used system in taking collections. This
church ought to have a good, live Sunday-School. It is on the
upper Paint Rock, one of the very best farming sections in the state.
Bethel — Has a membership of 68, and paid $22.50 for pastor and
for minutes $1.10. This is an old church and ought to lead in
every good work. She sends nothing except as stated above.
Centennial — Is a growing church with 68 members, but reports
no progress for the past year, and sends only fifty-five cents for min-
utes. Come brethren, wake up and "go forward." Let us have
$30 next year.
Cave Spring.— This church has only 38 members, and although
the association met with this church, it could only raise $1.00 for
minutes. On Sunday a collection was taken, and only $9.00 was
raised for associational missions, and credit given the church for
Charity.— This -church has a membership of 60; paid her pastor
$36.00 for his work, and sent for minutes, $1.15. This church has
• done better, I think, but has failed to make up her contributions.
Cumberland Mountain — Is one of the old churches, with a mem-
bership of 33, contributes to minutes seventy-five cents. During the
past year she has been trying to improve her church house, but does
not make any report Of what she has expended.
Centebpoint — One of the charter churches of the association, has a
membership of 54, and reports only $34.80 for all purposes. She
ought to do better than this for the sake of her history, if for no
Freedom-— I& another of the old churches, with 48 members.
This church has declined for some cause, and reports $272.50 for all
purposes; which is a very good showing, yet if her official mem-
bers had taken a little trouble to make a full report the sum would
have. been much larger.
Friendship — With a membership of 82, one of the oldest churches
in the association, and ought to be a leader, has done wel 1, contributed
for all purposes $344.00, which is doing well for a country church
with preaching once a month,
Gurlkys.— A new church with 39 members, located in the thriv-
ing town of that name, has been struggling to build themselves a
good house, of worship, and has made her report $120.66 raised for
other purposes, "£his church needs a little help from the State Mis-
Harmony, — A comparatively new church on the head of Mud
Creek, with a membership of 49; contributed for all purposes, $242.
This is a good showing for her.
Hale's Cove,— With 56 members, contributed for all purposes $4,85.
It is hoped that her clerk will take a- little more care in keeping
his accounts so that she may make a better showing hereafter. She
Harris' CHAPEL-i-Received into the association at this time, shows
a membership of fourteen, and reports fifty cents.
Jones'* Co*rE-"-Is a small church of 41 members, that has not been
working as it ought for the past year, and was not represented in
the/issociation, bat has since sent $1.00 for minuteg.
Larkinsville. — A church on the M. & C. Railroad, with a member-
ship of seventeen, and contributions of $3.50. This church has a hard
time, as it is peculiarly situated among the Protestants.
Mountain Grove. — This church has not been represented for
several years, and now sends only seventy-five cents for minutes.
Mi. Nebo. — This is one of the oldest churches in the association,
with a mempershi|Wfif 67 ; ought to be the strongest for the mission.
It reports $128.25 for all purposes. This is not such a showing as
she ought to make or could make if only a little care was taken in
in making reports of all the church has done.
Mt.^Zion — Is>nother old church with 77 members, and contribu-
ted formal I purposes, J76.85. This is quite an increase over the past.
This church is located on Sand Mountain, and is destined in the
near future to be a garuen section. It is a lovely section of the
country,*and^only wants to be^developed.
Mt. Pisg au— Is located on a high point on Sand Mountain, and has
a membership of 133. This includes a mission station in the valley
near! Old Bellefonte. This church contributed for all purposes,
108.98. This came of systematic giving all through the year, and is
a monument to the£Christian development of the membership. She
has a good live Sunday-School.
Mt. Ararat — Has a membership of 37. They contributed for all
purposes, as per report, $3.60— another monument to carelessness.
They did much better, but what they did was not carefully reported.
Mt. Tabor — Is another of the Sand Mountain churches, and has a
membership of 32, and contributed for all purposes, $9.00.
McCoy's Grove. — This church is out of harmany with the associ-
ation on account of the character of the man they have called to
preach for them, and their letter and money returned to by order
of the association.
New Hope — Has a membership of 75, and contributed for all pur-
poses, $226.50. It is one of the oldest churches in the bounds of the
association, and ought to lead in all good work.
Soottsboro — Has only 42 members and contributed for all church
work, 560.43. This is the only church in the association that main-
tains a real pastor, and has preaching every Sunday. She has a good
Sunday-School and prayer meeting every week.
Trenton — Has a membership of 55, but is not represented.
Union — Has a membership of 27, but is not represented.
Union Gbovk — Has 17 members, but not represented.
Ebernezer — Has 42 members and is not represented.
Tunnel Hill, Ga. — Has 35 members and sends a letter and $1.50
for minutes. She ought to send delegates.
Macedonia, Tenn. — Has 62 members ; is not represented in any
Concluding, I want to say that if the churches desire good show-
ings they roust have their clerks do better in getting up their reports.
The churches ought to do more and take some business pride in
church work. We are doing more than we ever did, if we could
only see what was being done. Comparison would stimulate ; so
let, every church be represented by delegates next year, and may
God bless the work of tbe year. Submitted,
L. C. Coulson, Clerk.
Report on Assogiationax, Missions.
When surveying the field covered by the Tennessee River Asso-
ciation, with its rivers, creeks and rivulets, its mountains, hills and
valleys, and its forty thousand peoples, of all shades, from pure
white to the blackest African, we are made to exclaim : "How doth
the goodness of God magnify, and His tender mercies fall in show*
ers aroui d us." I* is true that we have only a part of this peopled
feld hi cultivation; the larger part of it is growing up in noxious
brambles. There is more than fifteen hundred square miles of ter-.
ritory covered by this body, and yet not one half has preaching or
Sunday-School work going" on within its bounds. The churches are
not doing their whole duty, as it appears to your committee. We
have thirtysone churches, with 1840 communicants and thirty-three
preachers — ordained ministers — in this association, who preach, as a
whole, about fifty»two sermons a year. Some of them do more and
some less, in the Master's work. We can never utilize these forces
until we go to work to encourage industry and thrift among our
people, in all they engage in for a livelihood, and in elevating them
to a higher plane of religious intelligence. We must give more at-
tention to the education of the people in every way, that they may
be better enabled to meet the arguments of the evil and skeptically
disposed. We ought to be ever ready to give a reason for what we
hold to be true, and as taught in God's Wotd. We, therefore, urge
the prime importance of having preaching— or, rather, teaching, in
our churches every Sunday, and, where there » a destitution in the
vicinity of the church, fill that field by a minister of that church;
or, if they have but one, then send him out ^occasionally, and con-
duct the home church meeting by using the deacons. We further
suggest that if the churches have any young men in them who can
pray in public, and talk a word for Christ, that they be utilized and
given mission work to help out. We further suggest that by this
course we can cultivate this field better, and thus grow stronger and
more helpful to the eause. We sometimes go a long way back iu
our christian life-work, when we are without work, and thereby lose
much of the grace that should adorn the daily lite and deportment
of the soldiers of the Cross. We state, further, that life is too
short for idling and rusting. If we would be bright and joyous, we
must "rub or rust." Some one may croak at what we have said and
suggested ; but, concluding, let us say, that we can not afford to re-
main longer in the ruts, but must get out on the high road, and
move out in a way that wHI convince the peoples that to be a christ-
ian is to live.
May the God of the universe, who holds the worlds in the hollow
of his hand, who rides the storm, and who adjusts all things to the
music of his own glory, direct and guide by his spirit all of us into
broader fields of usefulness and happiness in this life, and joy in un-
ending bliss. Thomas Davis,
Report on State Missions.
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The command of our Savior, to preach the Gospel to every creat*
are, is as binding now as the day when he issued it ; and, inasmuch
as there are many in our own state who do not hear the Gospel
preached, it becomes our duty to preach it to them. This we can do
by every one giving something to our secretary, Bro. Grumpton, for
this purpose. He is doing all he can with the limited contributions
he receives. It becomes our doty, brethren, to see that the feeble
churches in our own county and state be supplied with faithful men
of God, who will preach Christ's Gospel to all who can be influenced
to attend ; and that good preachers be sent to, and aided in preach-
ing in the towns and portions of bur state which are destitute of the
ministry of Our denomination.
' Now, brethren, there are many growing towns in our own Ala*
bama where there are a few poor Baptists, who are unable to build
houses of worship, or to sustain a preacher, unaided. Surely, we
ought to help all such. We, each one of us, could do something,
and a little from every Baptist in Alabama would not only enable
Our feeble churches in the towns and country, in our state, to build
or finish their •houses of worship, and support their pastors, but
would enable our board to supply all the destitute towns and places
Jn the country with regular preaching.
"'The greater need is to build aud support the ministry. We have
the faithful men of God to occupy every place of destitution, if
their hands were only loosed from secular callings. Let us, dear
brethren, do our. duty in this respect, and God will surely bless us,
and bless His Word to the salvation of many precious souls; and in
a few yeafs ti ere will be strong and able churches in all our towns
and country; who will contribute to send the Gospel to the regions
beyond. Wc ought to by all means help the little church at Bridge-
port. The p^.ce will soon be a city of many inhabitants, and now
is our- opportunity to help the brethren- there. One dollar now will
do more, dou» Hess, than two will after a while.
Brethren of Tennessee River Association, let us help Bridgeport
to build her c' urch house, and support her pastor, until she can do
for herself j 1 a d now is the golden opportunity. You did well, in*
deed, in giving to the Scottsboro College and Normal School ;' and
that institution will be your friend for years to come. Now, let us
help our church at Bridgeport and it will be a monument to oar
cause, and a just source of pride and satisfaction to every one who
helps, as well as a great power in the land for good. There are other
weak churches and places in our county needing help, viz: Steven-
son, Hollywood, Larkinsville, Paint Rock and Guriey's, Ho you
see, brethren, there is great need for contributions to state missions
in our own bounds, as well as the other places in the state; and while
there are so many places needing help, a little from the poor and
more from the wealthier, would be sufficient, in a few years, to plant
a good working church, by the blessing of our Heavenly Father, in
all the places of distitution in Alabama.
May Qod help us to do our duty now, tor Christ's sake, Amen.
J. J. Beeson, Chairman.
Report on Home Missions.
There is a constant demand upon the Home Mission Roard to ins
Crease its work. The members of that board being possessed with
the spirit of Christ, and having the territory of the Southern Bap*,
tist Convention given into their hands to take for the Master, and,
seeing the grea£ destitution, and hearing the constant cry for help
from those who are suffering for the water of life, they are forced to
listen, with faith in God and the brethren. During the last year
they have enlarged their work, as follows : The number of workers
this year is 406; last year, 371; increase, 35. Result of work done
ov the missionaries ; Baptized this year, 5,349; last year, 4,477; in*
crease, 872. Total additions to mission churches last year, 8,098;
this year, 9,987; increase, 1,889. Churches constituted last year,
267; this year, 344; increase, 77. SundaysSchools organised last
year, 336; this year, 434; increase, 88. Houses of worship built
last year, 84; this year, 143; increase, 59,. The sum expended in
building churches last year was $37,324.85; this year, $60,473.00;
increase, $23,148.15. Amount raised and expended on field for
work, $72,741.57. Total amount raised and pnid out by the Board
for houses or worship and mission work, $133,205.19.
"Our Home Field," a monthly paper published by our Home
Mission Board, has proven to be a successful medium in bringing
our brethren into sympathy an 1 co-operation with the work of our
Home Board. It should be well circulated in every church. We
will not attempt to make a full report by specifying the peculiar
needs of the different states and territories of our Home Board, but
suffice it to say, that the eye of the world is looking at, and her
population is flocking into this territory (over which the board has
been appointed) to gather from her rough, rugged mountains the
precious treasures stored away by nature, and concealed through
the ages from ou fathers, waiting, it seems, for the favored age in
which we live; ad the business world is taking advantage of this
material development, which is bringing upon us grave responsibil-
ities in our relig ; us work, Our business men are using the successes
of the past as p. pping-stones to greater work in the future, and as
this mixed population is packinsr into our cities, towns and villages,
we are either to meet them with the Gospel and lift them up, and
glorify God, or e e they will drag down into superstition and ignor-
ance those for v >m we have labored, and prayed, and hoped, e?en
some who are de irest to us. May the demands ever find us ready
to say: "Here ai I, Lord ; send me, use me. and glorifv thy name,
until this wicked orld shall turn from its present course, and sound
the cry until it s mil be re-echoed from sea to sea, and from the
riven to the en s of the earth, that 'the Lord God Omnipotent
reigneth,'" W. R. Ivey, Chairman.
Beport on Foreign Missions.
- Dear Brethren : I see by reference to the minutes, it was made
my duty to prepare the report on Foreign Mission; which I assure
vou would be an exceedingly agreeable task if I thought I could do
it in a manner its great importance demands. So much has been
written on this subject that I can scarcely hope to say anything new,
or more attractive or convincing. I, however, find some solace, some
encouragement, in Lhat authoritative declaration : "I write unto you
not because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that
no lie is of thetruth," and that other equally authoritative utterance,
"I think it meet to stir you up by putting you in remembrance,
that ye may be able now to have these things in rememberance."
Brethren, we have not, nor are we now, following cunningly devised
fables when we make known his will to you on this snbject, who
has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light, in order
that you might show forth his praises, adore his doctrine and hold
forth his word of life to the perishing millions of earth for whom
he died. It isar awakening which the people of God pa 'this asso-
ciation need. As regards this duty, I know of no better way than
by referring you to the will and word of him who hath said, "A
short work will I make on the earth," and will in a short time finish
his work in righteousness, when he shall deliver up the kingdom to
God even the Father; and also reference to the unparalleled success
which attend the work of God's servants in foreign fields, demon-
strating, if a thing was ever demonstrated, that the Gospel is the
power of God unto salvation among the heathens, as in home fields.
"AH power in heaven and in earth has been given into my hand,"
says Jusus. Therefore, "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gos-
pel to every creature," is but an enlargement of everything said pre-
vious on this line of church work. That was the clarion note sum-
moning God's hosts of that day to the conquest of the world. Instant-
ly springing into line, fully aroused, they went forth to the field
heart in heart and shoulder to shoulder,and in less, perhaps, than a cen-
tury, the inspiring anthem peeled forth : "The good news has been car-
riedto every nation under heaven," when, as if its very core had been
eaten out by some unseen canker, Jewish ecclesiasticism falls away,
Jerusalem is in heaps," the gateway to the nations is flung wide
open and the Gospel news flies every way upon the hitherto impris-
oned wind. O, what a success in so short a time is chronicled here !
and we who are living in time of the need, acting under the same
authoritv and leadership, with energies stiffened by the same inspire^
tion, with hearts warmed by the same fires, with souls pierced and
thrilled by that presage full note, uttered as prophecy by our Lord
himself : "This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the
world for a witness to all nations during the time of the seed," are vig-
orously sending our long imprisoned energies and activities throbbing
and bounding along the same line, "a waking the echoes of expired cen-
turies in the verv heart of the Oriental population, and pouring, it is
true, with yet stinted hands, the silvery strains of the Gospel
along the newly opened thoroughfares and avenues of Occidental
civilization, moulding and shaping them to the new rule : "Do unto
others as you would have them do unto you." Now what we pro-
pose is a cursory glance at this wonderful record, in which we shall
find much to cause rejoicing and much to sadden ; but allow me to say
that much of the cause for that sadness is given by us at home, all
blest with means and some even reveling in luxury. Let us call
attention to the operations of our missionaries in different foreign
fields, then we may judge whether showings made have justified
past sacrifices and expenditures, or even invite to greater sacrifices
and larger expenditures for the time to come. In glancing at reports
from Italian fields, we learn from Drs. Taylor and Eager that in
the larger cities there is perfect toleration, if not liberty, and in
some regions there is not lacking on the part of a goodly number, a
certain sympathy for evangelical views, and that a great deal of seed
sowing- is being done from which we may expect a good harvest by
colporteurs and evangelists ; but, says Dr. Taylor, "It is my duty to
say that our brethren of other denominations, with a teaching less
scriptural than our own, are rapidly pressing forward their opera-
tions in the Peninsula, lavish of means and men, and it behooves
us to be alert and let no man take our crown." From the South
American field Dr % Bagley reports : "God has blessed us this year
With perfect religious liberty. The Gospel is untrammelled .in this
vast republic. Other denominations are reinforcing their missions.
The Methodists and Presbyterians have sixty missions to our seven.
They have native workers, fine churches and school houses, and
every appliance for their work. We are losing immensely every
day by lack of means and men and buildings. If we are not speedily
re-inforced onlv eternity shall reveal our loss." In our sister re-
public, Mexico, Dr. Powell reports : Churches organized, 24 \
baptisms, 105 ; present membership, 742 ; school houses, 4, with 157
students. "I have," he says, "never seen such fine prospects, Hope
to organize five new churches, each with a large membership, within
the next three months. I have never seen such a demand for the
Scriptures. Of the $112.00 raised by our church this year, nearlv the
whole amount was given by native Christians, 77 in number, about
$1.45 per capita.'' Should this not shame us? From the Japan field
which has been but recently occupied, Brother McCollum says :
"Our work here is moving along in the right way. We beg for one
thousand dollars to build a church here, that is at Osaka, a city of
400,000 inhabitants. Our people will do all they can, but they are
very poor." Should we not help to meet that urgent demand? The
hews from the Dark Continent is cheering, everything considered.
The news from China is encouraging indeed when we consider the.
difficulties that lie in the way of inducing Chinamen to accept any-
thing except the teachings of the great Confucius, held in idolizing
memory. But perhaps I can not do better than to quote the words
of Mm. M. F. Crawford in regard to the religious condition of
the Province of Shentung. That province is said to contain thirty-
six millions of souls, among whom are eleven Southern Baptists
trying to point them to the Savior. The doors are wide open all
around us, the people are cordially welcoming us to their to wnsi
villages and houses. Not many of them are crying for the bread of
life, for they know not of its existence ; but should not their desti-
tution appeal to us the more strongly on this account? When we re-
member our Lord's last command to his deciples: "Go ye into all the
world and preach the Gospel to every creature," how can we allow
the ages to pass on, keep our God-called men at home, while we set
in^listless indifference, spending millions of money upon useless lux-
uries. Men of God, brethren, let us devote our prayers and our
money to this cause as we ought, but have never done; then will we
understand and better appreciate more of that Scripture : Looking
for, and hasting unto, the coming of the day of God. wherein the
heavens being on fire shall be dissolved and the elements melt with
C. B. Roach, Chairman.
Report on Temperance.
Your Committee on Temperance begs leave to say : That we look
upon intemperance in the use of intoxicating drinks as the greatest
enemy to the human family and a hindrance to the cause of Christ ;
that all of us should use our best efforts to remove it; that it sends
its thousands into eternity unprepared, and as dram-drinking makes
drunkards, and as we are told in the Word of God that no drunkard
shall inherit his kingdom, we should be very careful hot to put the
bottle to our neighbors' mouths. We earnestly beg our brethren to
abstain from its use. Let us not drink it my brethren, as our ex-
ample in doing so might be the ruin of some one, both in time and
eternity. We further give it as our opinion that, should a member
of the church persist in drinking, making, selling, signing petitions,
Or otherwise engaging in the traffic, that it is the duty of the church
to withdraw fellowship from such members. We further believe
that it is the duty of a Christian to oppose whisky in every way possi-
ble ; to preach, work, vote, and last bat not least, to pray and live
against it Respectfully submitted,
Milton Roach, Chairman.
Resolved, That we will drop from the roll on our minutes the
name of any preacher who advocates the making, selling, giving or
using as a beverage, any vinous or intoxicating drinks, or who signs a
recommendation of a saloonist, as we regard the influence of such a
minister as hurtful to morals and religion. Respectfully submitted.
Report op Special Committee on Denominational Education.
We, your Committee on Denominational Education, beg lea veto re-
port as follows : We note with interest, and recognize as one of the
hopeful signs of our times the general awakening and wide spread
interest that is manifested upon the subject of education. We doubt
if there ever has, been a time when there was so much eagerness for
knowledge, and when thinkers in every department in life were
pushing their inquiries with such zeal and ability. Education is be-
coming to be regarded rather as a necessity in the development of good
citizenship than as an accomplishment Or luxury for the wealthy alone.
We further note with solicitude the fact that mental training, sepa
rate and distinct from moral discipline has been and is bearing a
harvest of evils startling in proportion and the most subtile and diffi-
cult to overcome. We are of the opinion that no system of education
should be fostered or supported, when the cultivation of the heart,
formation of correct habits, the upbuilding, of noble character is
not coupled with the development of the intellectual faculties.
There is, in our opinion, a tendency toward the restriction of learn-
ing in public or state schools to purely intellectual development.
From the nature of such a school and the legal and constitutional re-
straint that govern them, there can not be the fullest freedom which
ought to be allowed in moral discipline of the young. The only
remedy known to me is the building and maintaining of a denom-
inational school under the management and backed by the sym-
pathy and support of some religious denomination. We point with
pride to the fact that the Tennessee River Baptist Asociation has
caught the spirit of the times, and with a zeal for the cause of Christ
unequaled among our peoph;, have undertaken and carried on to
completion the establishment of the Scottsboro College and Normal
School as a Baptist institution of learning. By the arrangement
-which has been perfected the college building and grounds, worth
at least $20,000, is deeded to IJaptist trustees for the use of the Mis-
sionary Baptist Church of white people in.the State of Alabama. The
col lege is ours, with whatever of pride we mav have; that by the provi-
dence of God it is ours, comes the greater responsibility of its main-
tenance. Being ours, we are pledged to its support. There is at
present an enrollment of 254 pupils in attendance, with a constant
increase. Besides the sum of about $7,500 raised for this college, in
subscription, we note that the sum of $227.00 has been subscribed to
the Howard College. Tn conclusion, we would recommend to the
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r r arches a constant and zealous support of our college, which is the
p >de of our county, and under the blessing of God should be a power
in the land for good. Virgil Bouldin, Chairman.
Report on Ministerial Education.
Civilization is trie outgrowth of society, and good society is the
c ncentration of cultivated and refined intelligence. The degree
of excellence of society in the thought world depends on mental
culture; the degree of purity, upon heart culture. For profound
thought, though shadowed by superstitions, the Ancient and Middle
Ages produced master minds whose impress is more or less fixed
upon modern philosophy. The civilizations of the past were the
products ot ancient schools of philosophy. These civilizations
however, contained within themselves the elements of their own de*
struction. Each ancient system had a central thought and the ac-
complishment of a single purpose, thus failing to touch but one per-
son in the human trinity. The Chinese central idea was a knowl-
edge of, and allegiance to, the traditions and teachings of a human
ancestry, made divine by a false religion ; the Hindoos, the rever-
ence of caste ; the Israelites, the letter of the law, without its spirit;
the Egyptians, submission to the priesthood; the Spartans, prepar-
ations for war; the Athenians, the cultivation of the sesthetic uat-
ure ; and the Romans, physical strength and mental independence,
but moral weakness and licentious slavery. It has been left to the
Anglo-Saxon family, persecuted, and exiled from native soil, nour-
ished by American "independence, political freedom and religious
liberty, to show to the world that the true education must and does
develop body, mind, and soul. The true education would supplant
the effeminacy of Athens with the strength of Sparta; the castes
of Persia with the brotherhood of man ; the idolatry of Egypt with
the fatherhood of God. The wealth of a nation is not in its mate-
rial resources; but in the muscle, brains and morals of its people.
Inveighing as we do against the union of church and state, profess-
ing as we do allegiance to a government whose strength is its christ-
ian civilization, we would be untrue to our interest and^ principle
were we to countenance any other than a christian education by the
c^ arch, and an ethical education by the state.
The Church ot Christ will do far more for the spread of true res
ligion, the life of Jesrfs Christ in proportion, as more attention is
g ! /en to the spirit of Christianity, and less to controversial theology.
I u should be a source of congratulation to Hie Baptists of the Ten*
i jssee River Association that they have the means of a christian ed-
\ cation by and through their own people. The Scottsbpro Normal
College is 8 dedication of the Baptists aided by friends of this asso-
c' .tion, to the noble cause of physical, mental and spiritual man
and womanhood. This institution is not an apparent shifting cir-
cumstance — it is a living reality. This institution exemplifies the
loftiest ideal of human excellence, the symmetrical development of
manhood and womanhood. It merits the financial and moral sup-
port of all Baptists, and is worthy the patronage of any who seek
to approximate the ideal in education.
And now, in order to give an emphasis to our desire to foster and
advance the cause of higher christian education, we recommend the
following resolution :
Resolved, That this body do now raise, by voluntary contribu-
tions and pledges, the sura of one hundred dollars to aid the cause
of ministerial education, and that the same be placed in the hands
of W. R. Ivey, Financial Agent of Scottsboro Normal College, to
be used by him in assisting young ministers to educate themselves.
Respectfully submitted by
L. C. Coulson, Clerk,
In absence of report of regular committee.
(The $100.00 was raised in a very few minutes. — Clerk.)
Repobt of the Committee on Sunday-Schools.
We, your Committee on Sabbath-Schools, beg leave to make this,
,We believe it is the intention of all well-organized Sabbath
Schools'to advance the morals and intelligence of al' who patronize
them. In order to do this, it is well to have the material whose
morals and intellects we desire to improve properly trained by the
parents, from an early age, even in infancy. We believe many
mistakes are made by parents in the early training of their own
children. We believe that parents should, with the mildest possible
firmness, use such power of control as will be effectual in obtaining
the obelience of their own children, but in such manner as will
convince the young mind that, this power of control is used by pai>
ents as their indispensible duty, and at the same time show such
kindness and affection to the child as will be sufficient to cause the
child to obey the parent, not from fear of abuse, but fear to incur
the displeasure of the parents. We believe that children raised in
this way are fit subjects, not to be sent to SabbathsSchools, but to
go with their parents to Sunday-School ; and such children, who at-
tend a regular, well-organized" Sabbath^School, will not generally
get a boardingshouso in the penitentiary, or other place of punish-
ment fixed by our laws, but in our opinion, will be fit subjects to
advance the morals and good society of the neighborhood in which
they aiay happen to live, and is often one of the means of their
trusting our Savior, and being finally saved.
R. A Coffey, Chairman.
Report of the Committee on Woman's Work.
During the Association last year a Committee on Woman x s Work
was appointed by order of the Association, for the purpose of in*- ,
ducing the female members to engage in the work of organizing the
women in each church into societies to aid in raising money in aid
of the various mission works being prosecuted by our peoples. The
writer of this report and chairman of the committee, together with
the other members, Miss Susie Wood and Mrs. Alabama Dicus, pro*
ceeded in due time to make an effort to organize the work in
each church in the Association. To this end they had printed cir-
cular letters, and sent them out to vhe churches, urging the great
necessity of this work. The Scottsboro Church was the only one
they succeeded in getting to work. For about four months this aid*
society of this church did handsomely; but Miss Wood went to*
Tennessee, Mrs. Dicus was taken sick and died, and Mrs. Padget
moved to Bridgeport, leaving the chairman the only one to carry on
the work. During the time our society was in working order we
raised and* sent to the State Ladies' Aid Society $14.93, showing
that if we could have pressed this work in all the churches, and our
sisters had gone to work, as hoped and confidently expected they
would do, we could have accomplished a great deal in the way of
raising money. We want, more than all else, to make this movement
a success, the aid of our brethren, and especially that of the pastors
of the churches. We are not disposed to give up the work, out will
make another effort if you, Brother Moderator, deem it proper to
appoint another committee on woman's work.
We can not conclude our report until we hare said, of our Sister
Dicus, that she was a most zealous worker in the cause, and that
while our loss is her gain, yet we sadly miss her, not only as one of
our aids in this work, but as a sweet-tempered christian womau, we
feel her loss most keenly. Let us work and pray until we shall have
accomplished all the work given us. P. C. Coulson,
Report of Committee on Ftnance.
Your Committee on Finance submits the following report : That
we have received from the churches the following sums for minutes,
and have turned over the same to the clerk of the association.
Antioch, 50c ; Beech Grove, $1.60; Bethel, $1.10; Centennial, 25c. ;
Cave Spring, $1.00; Charity, $1.15; Cumberland Mountain, 75c ;
Center Point, $1.30; Freedom, $2.50; Friendship, $1.50 ; Gurley $1.50 ;
Harmony, $1.20 ; Hale's Cove, 88c ; Harris* Chapel, 50c ; Jones' Cove,
$1.00; Larkinsvi lie, $1.00; Mountain Grove, 75c; Mt. Nebo, 2.00;
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Mt. Zion, $1.30; Mt, Pisgah, $2.00 ; Mt. Ararat, 60c ; Mt. Tabor, $1.00;
New Hope, $1.50 ; Scottsboro, $2,50; Tunnel Hill, $1.50. Total, $31.68.
Respectfully submitted. A. P, Womack, Chairman.
Roport on Periodicals.
We your Committee on periodicals beg leave to submit the follow-
ing report : We recommend, as Baptists, our people ought, first of all,
to read and study the Word of God, as we are to give the open Bible
to the world. In the second place, we recommend the Alabama
Baptist, published at Montgomery. Alabama, as a paper that ought
to be taken and read by every Baptist in this association and in the
state, and in the third place we recommend the Kind Words Series,
of the Southern Baptist Convention, published*at Nashville, Ten-
nessee,* for 4 our;Sunday Schools. Respectfully submitted,
W. R. Ivjsy, Chairman.
Report of Committee on OBrrtrARiES.
We beg to submit the following : That sinceourlast "meeting
twenty-one;members of the church have died. This reminds us that
we who are soon to follow should be up and doing while we have the
privilege to work for the Master. Our opportunities, like theirs, will
end ; so let us woik while we have life, for no one can work after
death. We offer our sorrow and our'sympathy'to the bereaved.
We sorrow not for them as those who have no hope, for they are
given their reward. Wefgive the names'of the dead as far as we
were able to get them, and the church to which thev belonged :
Mt. Pisgah, G.fW. AmbrHstor and Richard Marshall; Beech
Grove, Rev. S, Kennedy and J. P. Graham ; Cumberland Moun-
tain, Louisa Sanders ; Mt. Tabor, Maria Caperton, Stockly Todd,
Mary E. Leak, and Phoebe Hunter; 'Friendship, fLucinda Fralv,
Eliza Gladden, andH. Robertson; Center Point, Alabama Dicus;
Centennial, A.J. Roberts" and Adam James ; Tunnel Hill, one
dead, name not given ; New Hope, Rutha Knight and Judy Gen-
try ; Mt. Nebo, two deaths, names not given ; Union Grove, Rev. R.
Gist. Respectfully submitted, C, Howell, Chairman.
Note — Is it not possible that the church clerks will in future
give the names of their dead. Come, do this, please. Clerk,
Annual Report of the Treasuri « or the Tennessee River
The undersigned submits the folio v ing as his report.
To ballanee on hand Oct. 6, 1890, $47 60
To amount received from Thonvts Howell, 1 00
" " " Goods* >n Carlton 100
" " " J. W. Korex, 2 00
" " " Maggie Rorex, 100
" * « Friendship Church, 24 90
« « f P. Brown, . 6 00
" « " Pis? ah Church, 12 62
« " « Gufle , Church 3 21
" "'■ " Mt. Ararat Church, 3 00
« " " Beech Grovo Church, 2 80
« " " MtNt bo Church, 12 00
** « " Ilarmmonv Church , 8 00
" « « Freedom Church, 5 00
« " " W. B. Crumpton 4 00
« " " Collection on Sunday, 9 00
Total, $142 43
Oct. 17, 1890 Amount sent W. B. Campbell, $30 60
Oct. 25, 1890 " " G. W. El' ; s, 17 00
Junt29, 1891 •< " W. B. Cnvipton, 2 00
Oct. 26, 1891 • Paid C. B. Roa h, 14 50
Oct. 26, 1891 " " P. Brown 14 50
Oct. 27, 1891 " " W. B. Cru jipton, 63 83 $142 43
Respectfully submmitted. Milton Roach, Treasurer.
Note. "Wlr is it the clerks of the churches neglect to report to the
treasurer their collections? Let us do better next year. Clerk.
Officers of Association, 1
Executive Board 1
Order of Business -, 2
Standing Committees 2
Introductory Sermon 3
Call to Order 4
Call for Reading Letters, etc , 4
Delegates by Churches 4
Election of Officers, Corresponding Delegates *. 5
Invitation to Visitors to seats : 5
Committee on Religious Services I 5
" " Finance 5
* •' Periodicals 5
" " Obituaries 5
" " Denominational Education 6
Standing Committees 5
Place of Meeting 6
"Who to Preach Sermon 6
Report on Associational Letters % . . . . g
Associational Missions 6
State Missions, Home Missions 6
Foreign Missions, Temperance ; 6
Ministerial Education 7
Sunday School 8
Women's Work .,. 8
Education Special Committee 7
Preaching Sundays g£7
Special Meeting Sunday, 3. P. M 7
Delegate to Southern Baptist Convention 8
Delegates to State Convention g
Resolutions 8 and 9
Ordained Ministers 10
Appendix A 10
Appendix B 13
Appendix C 14
Appendix D* 1°
Appendix E 1J
Appendix F ^
Appendix G J*
Appendix H £>
Appendix I • ~£
Appendix J f
Appendix K J*
Appendix L *X
Appendix M £?
Appendix N - 24
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Repairs of Churches.
Va !ue of Churches.
Statistics of tlie Tennessee River Association, 1891.
Jones' Cove . ...
C. B Roach,...
D. S. Collins, . .
1L. J. Parker,. .
D. 8. Collins,..
C. B. Roach,...
W. R. Ivey,...
J. J. Beeson,...
L. J. Langston,
W. L.Cra wford,
J. J. Beeson,. .
D. 8. Collins,..
G. W. Duncan,
J. C. Knight,..
W. O. Thorp,. .
J. T. Hinshaw,
J. L. Jones,
S. P. Gandston,
W. B. Wheeler,
E. F. Rice,
C. B. Flowers,.
W. D. Rorex,. .
J. P. Barclay,..
E. L. Evans,. . .
J. F. Terry.. . .
J. A. Clouse,.
Coffeys St'r «*
Coffeys St'r «*
Holly Tree, «
Coffey* St'r "
Coal City, Ga.
W. O. Thorp,
J. B. Campbell,
W. T. Roberts,
W. P. Culver,
J. T. Richards,
28 3 1440 118 47 110 47 33 12119 1524
"The churches marked thus, • are as to membership shown by last report. Total membership of last report 1711. Four churches dropped and deducted leaves 1440, correct mem-
bership last year, this year 1524— being a gain of 84— so far as the reports of churches show. Fourteen of those baptised were from Sunday Schools.